Valentine ideas at Ontario Parks

Ski the Chocolate Cup Challenge, an annual Valentine’s Day ski race at Atikokan, near Quetico Provincial Park. Hosted by the Beaten Path Nordic Club, this year’s Chocolate Cup is on February 12. Families are welcome. Plenty of chocolate will be served and there are prizes for all. Stay an extra day and ski the groomed trails at Quetico or book a stay in one of two yurts. Continue reading Valentine ideas at Ontario Parks

Ontario Parks Now Accepting Reservations!

The Ontario Parks’ new reservation service is now available for you to book your favourite campsite – online or by telephone!

Our phone number and web address have stayed the same. You continue to go to or 1-888-ONT-PARK (1-888-668-7275) to make your campsite reservation. The call centre hours will remain the same: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Online reservations can still be made 24 hours/day, year round. The International telephone number is now: 1-519-826-5290.

Now is the time to explore camping possibilities in Ontario Parks. Check out our new reservation system to plan your next adventure!

Results are in – 13th Annual Christmas Bird Count in Killarney

In an earlier blog posting, we mentioned Killarney’s Christmas Bird Count. This year’s count recorded one of the highest number of species since our Killarney count began in 1998.
And it included a total of 32 species and 474 birds. Here’s a breakdown. Continue reading Results are in – 13th Annual Christmas Bird Count in Killarney

Ontario Parks Thanks Students

This past Friday, forty students were recognized by Ontario Parks Partners and Staff for their work in our provincial parks system.

The Ontario Parks Partners Bursary Awards was established in 2000 by several corporate partners who wanted to recognize students who excel in their jobs with Ontario Parks. Peers, the visiting public and/or the student’s supervisor may nominate a student for the bursary. Students must demonstrate high levels of customer service, employee initiative, leadership and dedication in their job.

The $500.00 educational bursary presented to each of these 40 students was donated from Ontario Parks’ Partners. These bursaries help the students with their post secondary education and to pursue their career goals. Many of these students choose to remain in the public service.

On behalf of Ontario Parks, Friends Associations and corporate Partners, we would like to congratulate these outstanding employees.